Senator James McGrath Slammed For Dead Cockatoo Photo On Facebook
A Liberal National Senator has been forced to clarify after appearing to 'brag' about killing a cockatoo on Facebook.
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Queensland Senator James McGrath posted a photo of the dead bird tangled in his car on Facebook, with the caption: "Car 1. Flock of cockatoos 0."
The post quickly attracted criticism and disgust, with many of the more than 3,000 commenters calling for better behaviour from an elected official.
"Mind blowing to show off about this," one person said.
"Accidents happen but I'd be mortified and gutted if I'd killed this beautiful bird, not posting and by looks boasting."
"What an absolute selfish, disrespectful, unprofessional piece of work you are," another person said.
"Sharing images of precious Australian wildlife injured or dead with the most unfeeling commentary to match it.
"Even if this was an accident, perhaps consider what sharing an image of an injured animal on your social media page for entertainment purposes says for your character as a politician."
In response to the backlash, McGrath claimed "the context of the post has been missed", and added further details.
"I was driving at 100 km an hour outside of Warwick when a flock of cockatoos flew into the car," he said.
"It was lucky that I didn’t crash."
He said claims he was being boastful were "wrong", and he was simply highlighting the reality for rural drivers.
"The large amounts of roadkill on our roads is evidence of the dangers faced by drivers," he said.
However, his clarification did not appear to cut the mustard for many people.
"These things happen all the time but we don’t make jokes about it," said one person, who identified himself as an 'animal killing grazier'.
"Really poor form."
McGrath has yet to provide further comment.
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